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Majors and Minors for Chemistry

Chemistry Major

The following courses are required:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry
CHEM 162 General Chemistry
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry and Spectoscopy
CHEM 370 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 380 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 415 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
CHEM 427 Physical Chemistry of Solutions with Laboratory
CHEM 451 Advanced Chemical Techniques I
CHEM 452 Advanced Chemical Techniques II
MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II
PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II

And one additional CHEM course numbered 350 or above except CHEM 405

Applied Chemistry Major

Consists of 41 credit hours including the following courses:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry
CHEM 162 General Chemistry
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CHEM 315 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
-or-
CHEM 405 Biochemistry
CHEM 320 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 370 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 380 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 415 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
MATH 130 Survey Calculus
-or-
MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 200 Introduction to Statistics

Strongly recommended courses for either major are:

BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 111 Principles of Biology II

Students wishing to pursue further study in chemistry are encouraged to take additional courses in biology, physics, mathematics, computer science and foreign language (preferably German or French).

Applied Chemistry Minor

Consists of 28–32 credit hours including the following courses:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry
CHEM 162 General Chemistry
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II
-or-
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy
MATH 130 Survey Calculus
-or-
MATH 131 Calculus I

And three courses from the following:

CHEM 315 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
-or-
CHEM 405 Biochemistry
CHEM 320 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 360 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 370 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 380 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 415 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Physical Chemistry Major

Consists of 32 credit hours including the following courses:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry
CHEM 162 General Chemistry
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 415 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
CHEM 425 Physical Chemistry of Solutions
MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II
PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II

General Education Requirement

The following courses satisfy Bridgewater College’s general education requirement for physical science:

CHEM 102 Earth and its Physical Resource (for students majoring in a non-science area)
CHEM 125 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry (for nutrition and wellness majors)
CHEM 161 General Chemistry (for science majors)
GEOL 130 Physical Geology (for students majoring in a non-science area)

Majors in any non-science department can take and benefit from:

CHEM 125 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
-or-
CHEM 161 General Chemistry

Chemistry Course Prerequisites

MATH 109 or 110 is a prerequisite for CHEM 125.
MATH 110 is a prerequisite for any CHEM course numbered above 125.
MATH 130 or 131 is a prerequisite for all CHEM courses numbered 350 or above.
MATH 132 is a prerequisite for all CHEM courses numbered 420 or above.